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The Syracuse Post-Standard reports that German discounter Aldi has opened a new generation “green” store in East Syracuse: “Its customers will notice the skylights, higher ceilings than found in older stores, high windows facing Bridge Street and, perhaps, the unusual lighting in the cooler cases … On the green side, diamond-shaped LED lighting on the inside frames of the store's upright coolers provide more than enough light to see the products, and just enough to give the store 80 percent in savings over fluorescent lighting employed in older stores.

“The street-front exterior sign also uses LED lighting to cut back on the typical yearly-or so sign maintenance that comes with replacing fluorescent fixtures. Like the LED lighting, much of the ‘green’ in this $2 million green Aldi store is behind-the-scenes. New cooling and refrigeration systems were chosen as more Earth-friendly and to save money.”

Aldi, which credits Wal-Mart for both pioneering many of these energy-saving measures and sharing the technologies even with competitors, hopes to achieve a 30 percent overall savings in its utility footprint.

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